Cindy McCain, the widow of the late Republican Senator John McCain, said she was confident that Democratic candidate Joe Biden would win in her home state of Arizona – one of six states that will determine the outcome of the 2020 elections.
McCain, who appeared on Friday night on ABC News, was asked by host George Stephanopoulos whether she was confident that Biden would win the traditionally red state.
“Yes, I really am,” she replied, adding that she was “so proud” of the election workers and campaigners who have been counting the ballots since November 3.
“They are doing a remarkable job,” she said, “they are taking their time, and so I am sure it will be not only accurate, but also for Biden.
New data from the state, released Friday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time, showed that the race between Biden and President Donald Trump has intensified. The latest batch of ballots from Maricopa County left the two candidates some 30,000 votes apart: Biden had 1,604,067 votes and Trump 1,574,206 votes.
Several news agencies, including the Associated Press and Fox News, called Arizona to vote for Biden early Wednesday – a move that enraged Trump and his allies. While the President’s team called for a withdrawal, Fox News stuck to its call for Arizona. The station’s Director of Decision Division, Arnon Mishkin, stated live on air on election night that he did not believe that enough of the state’s remaining votes would be called in Trump’s favor to overtake Biden.
But Biden’s lead in the state has narrowed from about 90,000 votes on Wednesday to 29,861 on Friday night. If his lead holds, he will be the first Democrat to win Arizona since 1996.
McCain confirmed Biden in September in a tweeting for the presidency: “My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but first and foremost Americans. In this race there is only one candidate who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is Joe Biden.
When asked by ABC News on Friday what her husband would have thought of the 2020 race, McCain replied, “I know John would want what is best for our country. What is best for our country is not our party. What’s best for our country is Joe Biden.”
On Thursday, John McCain’s concession speech from his 2008 White House candidacy against Barack Obama became public after Trump claimed the election had been stolen by the Democrats. In his speech, the longtime Republican senator acknowledged Obama’s historic victory and promised to help him take office.
“Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans, and please believe me when I say that no association has ever meant more to me than this,” he said.